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Five Accused of Laundering Marijuana Profits Through Slot Machines

Tags: Kansas City, laundering, marijuana, slot machines.
Posted on 08 August 2014 by "T".

Five Kanas residents, Gregory Rapp, 30, Denise Hurla, 50, Christopher Anderson, 30, Kenneth Stewart, 33, and Jeffrey Selectman, 29, are being accusing of selling marijuana and laundering the profits through slot machines at a casino in Kansas City, Kansas. According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, the group of five deposited more than $200,000 in cash into slot machines and then cashed out right away without playing.

The investigation began in 2013 after Kanas Racing and Gaming Commission contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation about suspicious activity at Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas. Prosecutors say that the defendants were seen depositing large amounts of money in small denominations into the slot machines, then cashed out without wagering any money. This is how they were caught according to

"In November 2013, investigators determined Rapp had not claimed any Kansas earnings or wages since the third quarter of 2011, when he said he was employed at a Jiffy Lube in Overland Park, Kan. Beginning in January 2014 investigators working undercover bought more than two pounds of marijuana from the traffickers. In February 2014 one of the traffickers showed an undercover officer how to launder drug proceeds though slot machines using $18,000 in KBI evidence buy funds.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Johnson County Sheriff's Officve, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting".


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10 comments on "Five Accused of Laundering Marijuana Profits Through Slot Machines"

 Mipetin08/08/2014 14:13:07 GMT
200k through slot machines? That must have taken some time.. Stupid people. Why even bother doing that.
 Heskor08/08/2014 14:58:35 GMT
yeah stupid people and they maybe just ran out of ideas on how to clean their money, every drug dealer should know a way to clean the dirty money and they were just stupid traffickers lol and they make the headlines for the irony of what they did lo. Anyway bad things happens to people doing bad things so they got what they were bound to get. Karma a bitch!!
 shokaku08/08/2014 17:30:53 GMT
Looks like those guys outsmarted themself here. There are a lot of rumours that gambling joints are used to wash money from doubious sources. But it surely isn't done that way. But with $200k for 5 people these were amateurs.
 xgcsnippy08/08/2014 18:25:20 GMT
Its a great idea but things in moderation or else you get rather go risk some of the money and say lose 20% and leave like you just accepted the loss....if you win bonus!

 klash2308/08/2014 19:07:51 GMT
So they just put 200k in the slots and then cashed in without even playing?And they didn't think the casino would notice?
They then allowed an undercover cop to enter their circle and bragged about how they were such great drug dealers?
Not the brightest of criminals.
 doubletop77709/08/2014 08:31:25 GMT
I dont think this was the greatest plan ever hatched. How did they expect to get away without being noticed, two hundred thousand into slot machines and dont even play them.
 Mipetin09/08/2014 10:32:56 GMT
Yea i mean it would be better if you just played the money through at least once. Theres nothing suspicious about that. And maybe u would have some money left today Tongue
 klash2309/08/2014 14:06:31 GMT
I don't think it would have mattered what genius plan they came up with for laundering their money,once you start confiding with undercover cops your days of criminality are pretty much finished.
It also seems getting caught with drugs in USA is one of the worst places to be compared with other places around the world.
 Macubaas11/08/2014 07:56:12 GMT
This piece of news have nothing to do with poker, just with some slots machine so i'm not really that interested...

Still, stories like this make the general public thing that this happens on all casinos and it's bad for the legit business and image of the games in general.
 LIKEIT2717/08/2014 20:53:02 GMT
He should have smoked it all Big Smile

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